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May 14, 2018 2:23 AM CST
Name: Nicola
New Zealand
So I've had this wee guy for about 5 months and it has been steadily growing just like my gardening knowledge and curiosity. Can anyone offer a suggestion on where to start looking for a ID? I have added a pic from a couple of weeks after I got it and current day.
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May 14, 2018 2:27 AM CST
Name: Stefan
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My guess, its an orbea, probably a variegata, and you need to gradually place it somewhere with better light exposure.
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May 14, 2018 2:46 AM CST
Name: Nicola
New Zealand
Thanks for the guess, I'll take some time and look them up.

What makes you say it needs better light? It lives on a window cill so it gets a lot of sun ☀️
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May 14, 2018 3:46 AM CST
Name: Stefan
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Its etiolated none the less. Depends whether or not there are trees, cloudy weather, very north(or in your case south) facing , sun angle.etc.
Same could be caused by overuse of water and fertilizer, during appropriate time of year.
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May 14, 2018 4:53 AM CST
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Adding to skopje, the way you can tell that it's etiolated (stretching) and thus not getting enough light is how the new growth is thinner than the old growth. It should be as wide as the old growth, but without adequate light, it has strectched and is thinner. Do you know what exposure the window you have it in is? If you're unable to grow it outdoors, a southern exposure (south window) indoors would be best for most cacti and succulents.
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May 14, 2018 10:09 AM CST
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In New Zealand that would be a northern exposure... to add to what others have noted, the plant needs more light. It should "see" the sun through the window for hours a day. Sometimes the exposure inside a window can be limited by its orientation or obstacles outside. The changes in this plant are a really good example of what happens to succulents in low light, for future reference, so you know what to look for down the road.

Regarding the ID question, there are a number of small knobby plants like that which can be hard to resolve for identification purposes until they flower. So I don't think you're necessarily going to come up with a firm name until you see flowers.
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May 14, 2018 10:27 AM CST
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Baja_Costero said:In New Zealand that would be a northern exposure... to add to what others have noted, the plant needs more light. It should "see" the sun through the window for hours a day. Sometimes the exposure inside a window can be limited by its orientation or obstacles outside. The changes in this plant are a really good example of what happens to succulents in low light, for future reference, so you know what to look for down the road.

Regarding the ID question, there are a number of small knobby plants like that which can be hard to resolve for identification purposes until they flower. So I don't think you're necessarily going to come up with a firm name until you see flowers.


Northern as in north window? Is that because she's in the southern hemisphere? I'm all ears!
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May 14, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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Yep. Our north(no sun)=their south.
Their north(sunny side)=our south.
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May 14, 2018 12:43 PM CST
Name: Nicola
New Zealand
Thanks for the input, I didn't realise it wasn't happy in its spot. It currently lives in a north/west exposed window. We don't actually have any north facing windows.

Thinking back, we have moved over the past wee while so there have been a few light changes since I bought it. I've never fertilised it. It's planted in a good cacti/succulent mix and I water it maybe every three weeks. I usually stick my finger into the soil to see how dry it is then give it a good water until it runs through.

I could possibly plant it outside in summer but we are right on the doorstep of winter 😁
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